The Art of the Vintage Motorcycle

A beautiful and comprehensive celebration of the art and design of classic motorcycles, from the early twentieth century through the 1950s.

This is the most beautiful book of its kind: celebrating the art and design of the luxury motorcycle by presenting forty of the best-designed and most enduringly iconic motorcycles ever made, spanning half a century.
The book showcases forty rare and exceptional motorcycles, from 1905 to 1956, presented in chronological order, illustrated with stunning studio photographs that present the machines as works of art and wonders of design in themselves. An international roster is featured: a 1905 Peugeot Factory Racer, a 1916 Indian Power Plus, a 1929 Majestic, a 1936 Excelsior Manxman, a 1951 Harley Davidson 750CC WR, a 1951 Vincent 1000CC Black Shadow, and a 1955 Triumph Tiger Cub, among others.
Written by a motorcycle collector and expert, the book presents the history of the motorcycle through the most significant makes of all time. Each is accompanied by detailed images and texts covering the bike's background, legends behind the machines, feats of design and engineering, and tales of classic races, rallies, and motorcycle shows. The book is enhanced with reproductions of period ads and historic photos, evoking a sense of time and place.

About The Author

Serge Bueno, founder of the high-end luxury motorcycle shop Heroes Motors in Los Angeles, specializes in vintage motorcycles and counts A-listers such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keanu Reeves, Liev Schreiber, and Sylvester Stallone as customers.

  • Publish Date: September 29, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Transportation - Motorcycles - Pictorial
  • Publisher: Universe
  • Trim Size: 9-7/8 x 12-1/2
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $45.00
  • CDN Price: $60.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-3954-6


"To showcase his work, Bueno worked with French journalist and author Gilles Lhote to produce a stunning and thick book featuring 40 of the motorcycles Bueno has restored, bikes ranging chronologically from a 1905 Peugeot factory racer to a 1955 Norton Manx 350. In between there are Indians and Harleys, Excelsiors and BMWs, and perhaps a few from motorcycle manufacturers you’ll be encountering for the first time. The photography is beautiful, the text is informative, and the paper is so thick as to add a luscious quality to the presentation." —Larry Edsall, The Journal